Generation X spawns infopreneurs

“An infopreneur is a person who has the knowledge and ability to use technology for improved decision making and overall productivity enhancement,” says Steve Dunphy from Ohio’s University of Akron, College of Business, in a paper published recently in the international journal Technology Forecasting and Social Change.

Dunphy implies that highly educated and under employed generation Xers will be, not the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, but the infopreneurs.

“Unlike the boomers and the older generation who are trying to retrain themselves in a frantic effort not only to understand technology but also use it effectively, the X generation grew up in the midst of Microsoft products, the Internet and the telecommunications revolution,” Mr Dunphy said.

The Xers, born between 1960 and 1970, appear more accepting of diversity, which sees them able to relate to and accept the vicissitudes of cultures and ideas present today.

Many Xers are said to have been exposed to less illusion than boomers resulting in diminished expectations from companies or institutions, whom they view with scepticism.

They are also reportedly better able to filter through the chaotic mix of often unreliable information that exists in the web.

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